What the Clinton campaign thinks is ‘political minutia’, the American public finds alarming and disturbing. Wikileaks has dumped a MASSIVE amount of emails that exposes Hillary, and her people’s, rotten way of business. Their response? It’s Russia… they hacked us and we need to address that security issue, not the details of these emails… go, look the other way! Check out this full report and how badly the Clinton Camp is wounded.
By Jonathan Easley and Katie Bo Williams
Hillary Clinton has failed to effectively contain the damage from the release of thousands of campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal emails, giving new ammunition to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The fallout from the daily releases have raised concerns among Democrats that even if Clinton is elected president, the controversy will follow her into the White House.
The Clinton campaign has refused to confirm the authenticity of the emails and has sought to cast doubt on them at every turn, noting that the exchanges were stolen by Russian hackers and could have been doctored.
They have sought to deflect attention from the contents of the emails by describing the hacks as an unprecedented interference in the U.S. election by foreign adversaries that threatens the nation’s sovereignty.
And they have lashed out at the media for covering what they describe as trivial political minutia rather than the national security implications of the hacked emails.
None of it has been enough to staunch the daily flow of new emails published by WikiLeaks or the media’s interest in the contents of the emails.
Instead, interest appears to be ramping up over the final two weeks before Election Day.
Anyone with an internet connection can dig into the thousands of pages of emails, which have revealed infighting among Clinton’s top advisers, as well as new details about the millions of dollars flowing into the Clinton’s charitable foundation and personal bank accounts.
The campaign took another hit on Wednesday when a close confidant confirmed the contents of one of the more damaging emails, undermining the suggestion that they may have been doctored.
The email and attached memo, penned by longtime Clinton Foundation fundraiser Doug Band, has led to renewed calls for the charitable foundation to be shuttered if Clinton takes office in January.
Democratic strategists say that while Trump’s peccadilloes have so far largely distracted from the alleged revelations, Clinton will lose that cover on Nov. 8 if she’s elected president.
“That’s a big part of the Clinton problem; they’re so stubborn dealing with this stuff,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon said, referring to the revelations about the Clinton Foundation. “They refuse to acknowledge anything and deal with it. Basically they’re strategy as far as I can see is whistle past the graveyard and just hope no one pays attention to it.
“That was easy to do because of Trump, but they won’t be able to do that after Nov. 8.”
The Clinton campaign’s struggles to put the daily stream of new revelations behind them comes as another email from WikiLeaks shows campaign officials were blindsided by fallout from the candidate’s use of a personal server while secretary of State.
“Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?” Podesta allegedly asked campaign manager Robby Mook in an email late on the evening of March 2, 2015, roughly a month before Clinton launched her bid for the White House.
“Nope,” Mook responded after 1 a.m. that morning. “We brought up the existence of emails in reserach [sic] this summer but were told that everything was taken care of.”